February 2, 2009

Something From the Nightside

This book represents the saying, 'life's a journey, not a destination.' The story itself is fairly predictable. But the personality of the characters are so fun to watch unfold that you don't mind the predictability. The story itself is short and would need some work to be successful in Hollywood. The story would translate better to TV, I think. It definitely has an English feel to it; it would do extremely well on BBC.

"Taylor is the name, John Taylor. My card says I'm a detective, but what I really am is an expert on finding lost things. It's part of the gift I was born with as a child of the Nightside.
I left there a long time ago, with my skin and sanity barely intact. Now I make my living in the sunlit streets of London.
But business has been slow lately, so when Joanna Barrett showed up at my door, reeking of wealth, asking me to find her runaway teenage daughter, I didn't say no.
Then I found out where the girl had gone.
The Nightside. That square mile of Hell in the middle of the city, where it's always three A.M. Where you can walk beside myths and drink with monsters. Where nothing is what it seems and everything is possible.
I swore I'd never return. But there's a kid in danger and a woman depending on me. So I have no choice- I'm going home..." - Book Jacket

Dramatis Personae

Joe Flanigan as John Taylor- Taylor is the protagonist of the story. He describes himself as tall, dark, and not particularly handsome. He's the stereotypical detective from old B-movies. He's a down-on-his-luck detective who lives out of his office. He has a talent (as in, a magical talent) for finding things.

Rebecca Romijn as Joanne Barrett- John's client. She's a 'tall good-looking blonde who reek(s) of money and class.' She has an aristocratic air about her and is used to getting her way. Despite her looks, she is tough and handles the mysteries of the Nightside better than expected.

AnnaSophia Robb as Cathy Barrett- Joanne's daughter. She's has a very outgoing personality and enjoys going out clubbing. She is very organized and is very much her mother's daughter. She doesn't take crap from anyone.

Micheal Pitt as Alex Morrissey- Alex is the owner of Strangefellows, a seedy bar that John frequents. He's in his late twenties, but looks 10 years older. Alex is thin, pale, moody, and always dresses in black. He wears a black beret to hide his bald spot. He's always in a bad mood and has a permanent scowl on his face.

David Bowie as Razor Eddie- "also known as the Punk God of the Straight Razor, is one of the more distressing agents for the Good that the Good ever had. He sleeps in doorways, lives on handouts among the homeless, and kills powerful people who need killing that no-one else can touch. All in penance for the many sins of his youth."

Katee Sackhoff as Suzie Shooter- "Also known as Shotgun Suzie and Oh God it's her run! A tall blond Valkyrie in black motorcycle leathers, Suzie is a bounty hunter. She nearly always brings them in dead rather than alive, because it's less paperwork that way."

Oliver Platt as The Collector- He collects items, from anywhere and anytime. He can time travel back to find rare items lost to the world. He will steal, cheat, and lie his way to obtain any item. He's overweight with a smile that doesn't reach his eyes.

Ralph Fiennes as Walker- "Always dressed in his smart city suit, complete with bowler hat and umbrella and old school tie, Walker runs the Nightside, in as much as anyone does, or can. He represents those grey faceless characters the Authorities, always hidden in the background. They gave Walker a Voice that must be obeyed. There are those who say Walker used it to make a corpse sit up on a slab and answer questions. People say a lot of things about Walker, and unfortunately, most of them are true." ßPin It

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love this book. I just read it last week and began the second book yesterday. I have been having trouble visualizing some of the characters and seeing the faces you chose has given me a better mental picture so thank you. Pluss David Bowie as Razor Eddie would be frickin cool!

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